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Bereishis/Genesis  23:1 - 25:18

Chapter 23

1 Sarah's lifetime was one hundred years, twenty years, and seven years; the years of Sarah's life.  2 Sarah died in Kiriath-arba which is Hebron in the land of Canaan; and Abraham came to eulogize Sarah and to bewail her.  3 Abraham rose up from the presence of his dead, and spoke to the children of Heth, saying:  4 "I am an alien and a resident among you; grant me an estate for a burial site with you, that I may bury my dead from before me."

5 And the children of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him.  6 "Hear us, my lord - You are a prince of God in our midst; in the choicest of our burial places bury your dead, any of us will not withhold his burial place from you, from burying your dead."

7 Then Abraham rose up and bowed down to the members of the council, to the children of Heth.  8 He spoke to them saying - "If it is truly your will to bury my dead from before me, heed me, and intercede for me with Ephron son of Zohar.  9 Let him may grant me the Cave of Machpelah which is his, on the edge of his field; let him grant it to me for its full price, in your midst, as an estate for a burial site."

10 Now, Ephron was sitting in the midst of the children of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite responded to Abraham in the hearing of the children of Heth, for all who come to the gate of his city, saying:  11 "No, my lord; heed me! I have given you the field, and as for the cave that is in it, I have given it to you; In the view of the children of my people have I given it to you; bury your dead."  12 So Abraham bowed down before the members of the council.  13 He spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the members of the council, saying - "Rather, if only you would heed me! I give you the price of the field, accept it from me, that I may bury my dead there."

14 And Ephron replied to Abraham, saying to him:  15 "My lord, heed me! Land worth four hundred silver shekels; between me and you — what is it? Bury your dead."

16 Abraham heeded Ephron, and Abraham weighed out to Ephron the price which he had mentioned in the hearing of the children of Heth, four hundred silver shekels in negotiable currency.  17 And Ephron's field, which was in Machpelah, facing Mamre, the field and the cave within it and all the trees in the field, within all its surrounding boundaries, was confirmed,  18 as Abraham's as a purchase in the view of the children of Heth, among all who came to the gate of his city.  19 And afterwards Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah facing Mamre, which is Hebron, in the land of Canaan.  20 Thus, the field with its cave confirmed as Abraham's as an estate for a burial site, from the children of Heth.

Chapter 24

1 Now Abraham was old, well on in years, and Hashem had blessed Abraham with everything.  2 And Abraham said to his servant, the elder of his household who controlled all that was his - "Place now your hand under my thigh.  3 And I will have you swear by Hashem, God of heaven and God of earth, that you not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell.  4 Rather, to my land and to my kindred shall you go and take a wife for my son for Isaac."

5 The servant said to him - "Perhaps the woman shall not wish to follow me to this land; shall I take your son back to the land from which you departed?"  6 Abraham answered him, 'Beware not to return my son to there.  7 Hashem, God of heaven, Who took me from the house of my father and from the land of my birth; Who spoke concerning me, and Who swore to me saying, 'To your offspring will I give this land,' He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there.  8 But if the woman will not wish to follow you, you shall then be absolved of this oath of mine. However, do not return my son to there."

9 So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master and swore to him regarding this matter.  10 Then the servant took ten camels of his master's camels and set out with all the bounty of his master in his hand and made his way to Aram Naharaim to the city of Nachor.  11 He made the camels kneel down outside the city towards a well of water at evening time, the time when women come out to draw.  12 And he said, "Hashem, God of my master Abraham, may You so arrange it for me this day that You do kindness with my master Abraham.  13 See, I stand here by the spring of water and the daughters of the townsmen come out to draw.  14 Let it be that the maiden to whom I shall say, 'Please tip over your jug so I may drink,' and who replies, 'Drink, and I will even water your camels,' her will You have designated for Your servant, for Isaac; and may I know through her that You have done kindness with my master."

15 And it was when he had not yet finished speaking that suddenly Rebecca was coming out — she who had been born to Bethuel the son of Milcah the wife of Nahor, brother of Abraham — with her jug upon her shoulder.  16 Now the maiden was very fair to look upon; a virgin whom no man had known. She descended to the spring, filled her jug and ascended.  17 The servant ran towards her and said, "Let me sip, if you please, a little water from your jug."  18 She said, "Drink, my lord," and quickly she lowered her jug to her hand and gave him drink.

19 When she finished giving him drink, she said, "I will draw water even for your camels until they have finished drinking."  20 So she hurried and emptied her jug into the trough and kept running to the well to draw water; and she drew for all his camels.  21 The man was astonished at her, reflecting silently to know whether Hashem had made his journey successful or not.  22 And it was, when the camels had finished drinking, the man took a golden nose ring, its weight was a beka, and two bracelets on her arms, ten gold shekels was their weight.  23 And he said, "Whose daughter are you? Pray tell me. Is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?"

24 She said to him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah whom she bore to Nahor."

25 And she said to him, "Even straw and feed is plentiful with us as well as place to lodge."

26 So the man bowed low and prostrated himself to Hashem.  27 He said, "Blessed is Hashem, God of my master Abraham, Who has not withheld His kindness and truth from my master. As for me, Hashem has guided me on the way to the house of my master's brothers."

28 The maiden ran and told her mother's household according to these events.  29 Rebecca had a brother whose name was Laban - Laban ran to the man, outside to the spring.  30 For upon seeing the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister's hands, and upon his hearing his sister Rebecca's words, saying, "Thus has the man spoken to me," he approached the man, who was still standing by the camels by the spring.  31 He said, "Come, O blessed of Hashem! Why should you stand outside when I have cleared the house, and place for the camels?"

32 So the man entered the house, and unmuzzled the camels. He gave straw and feed for the camels, and water to bathe his feet and the feet of the men who were with him.  33 Food was set before him, but he said, "I will not eat until I have spoken my piece." And he said, "Speak."

34 Then he said, "A servant of Abraham am I.  35 Hashem has greatly blessed my master, and he prospered; He has given him flocks, cattle, silver and gold, servants and maidservants, camels and donkeys.  36 Sarah, my master's wife, bore my master a son after she had grown old, and he gave him all that he possesses.  37 And my master had me take an oath saying, 'Do not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites in whose land I dwell.  38 Unless you go to my father's house and to my family and take a wife for my son.'

39 And I said to my master, 'Perhaps the woman will not follow me?'  40 He replied to me, 'Hashem, before Whom I have walked, will send His angel with you and make your journey successful, and you will take a wife for my son from my family and my father's house.  41 Then will you be absolved from my oath when you have come to my family; and if they will not give her to you, then, you shall be absolved from my oath.'

42 "I came today to the spring and said, 'Hashem, God of my master Abraham, if You would graciously make successful the way on which I go.  43 Behold, I am standing by the spring of water; let it be that the young woman who comes out to draw and to whom I shall say, "Please give me some water to drink from your jug,"  44 and who will answer, "You may also drink and I will draw water for your camels, too," she shall be the woman whom Hashem has designated for my master's son.'  45 I had not yet finished meditating when suddenly Rebecca came out with a jug on her shoulder, and descended to the spring and drew water. Then I said to her, 'Please give me a drink.'  46 She hurried and lowered her jug from upon herself and said, 'Drink, and I will even water your camels.' So I drank and she watered the camels also

47 "Then I questioned her and said, 'Whose daughter are you?' And she said, 'The daughter of Bethuel, son of Nahor, whom Milcah bore to him.' And I placed the ring on her nose and the bracelets on her hands.  48 Then I bowed and prostrated myself to Hashem and blessed Hashem, God of my master Abraham, Who led me on a true path to take the daughter of my master's brother for his son.  49 And now, if you intend to do kindness and truth with my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, and I will turn to the right or to the left."

50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, "The matter stemmed from Hashem! We can say to you neither bad nor good.  51 Here, Rebecca is before you; take her and go, and let her be a wife to your master's son as Hashem has spoken."  52 And it was, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he prostrated himself to the ground unto Hashem.  53 The servant brought out objects of silver and gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebecca; and delicious fruits he gave to her brother and her mother.  54 They ate and drank, he and the men who were with him, and they spent the night; when they arose next morning, he said, "Send me to my master."

55 Her brother and mother said, "Let the maiden remain with us a year or ten [months]; then she will go."  56 He said to them, "Do not delay me now that Hashem had made my journey successful. Send me, and I will go to my master."  57 And they said, "Let us call the maiden and ask her decision."

58 They called Rebecca and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" And she said, "I will go."

59 So they escorted Rebecca their sister, and her nurse, as well as Abraham's servant and his men.  60 They blessed Rebecca and said to her, "Our sister, may you come to be thousands of myriads, and may your offspring inherit the gate of its foes."

61 Then Rebecca arose with her maidens; they rode upon the camels and proceeded after the man; the servant took Rebecca and went

62 Now Isaac came from having gone to Beer-lahai-roi, for he dwelt in the south country

63 Isaac went out to supplicate in the field towards evening and he raised his eyes and saw, and behold! camels were coming.  64 And Rebecca raised her eyes and saw Isaac; she inclined while upon the camel.  65 And she said to the servant, "Who is that man walking in the field toward us?"

And the servant said, "He is my master." She then took the veil and covered herself.  66 The servant told Isaac all the things he had done.  67 And Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother; he married Rebecca, she became his wife, and he loved her; and thus was Isaac consoled after his mother.

Chapter 25

1 Abraham proceeded and took a wife whose name was Keturah.  2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah,  3 Jokshan begot Sheba and Dedan, and the children of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim.  4 And the children of Midian - Ephah [and] Epher, Hanoch, Abida, and Eldaah; all these were the descendants of Keturah

5 Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac.  6 But to the concubine-children who were Abraham's, Abraham gave gifts; then he sent them away from Isaac his son, while he was still alive, eastward to the land of the east

7 Now these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived - a hundred years, seventy years, and five years.  8 And Abraham expired and died at a good old age, mature and content, and he was gathered to his people.  9 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, facing Mamre.  10 The field that Abraham had bought from the children of Heth, there Abraham was buried, and Sarah his wife.  11 And it was after the death of Abraham that God blessed Isaac his son, and Isaac settled near Beer-lahai-roi

12 These are the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham's son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's maidservant, bore to Abraham.  13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael by their names, in order of their birth - Ishmael's firstborn Nebaioth, Kedar, Adbeel, and Mibsam,  14 Mishma, Dumah, and Massa,  15 Hadad and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedem.  16 These are the sons of Ishmael, and these are their names by their open cities and by their strongholds, twelve chieftains for their nations

17 These were the years of Ishmael's life - a hundred and thirty-seven years, when he expired and died, and was gathered to his people.  18 They dwelt from Havilah to Shur — which is near Egypt — toward Assyria; over all his brothers he dwelt.


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